Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Post-Apocalyptic Utopian Future is Already Here

THE ECO-COMMUNE from Richard Hardy on Vimeo.

The online journal Artkrush has an article in its current issue that really cracks me up. It concerns a short video by a recent graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture in England, Richard Hardy. The video imagines what London would be like after an apocalyptic catastrophe as nature begins to reclaim the devastated precincts of civilization and humans slowly reemerge to pick up the pieces. Here in what Harper's terms the "arcadia" that is postindustrial Detroit, we don't have to imagine what it will be like. It's here right now. Note to Richard Hardy: As the late-great interplanetary explorer Sun Ra proclaimed, "It's after the end of the world. Don't you know that yet?"

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